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meant to kill her. here's robyn curnow with what she saw in court today. >> reporter: as oscar pistorius arrived for his bail hearing, his brother and family joined him to give support. journalists jostled to get inside the small courtroom. and officials seemed unable to cope with the huge media interest. and outside a group of protesters called for an end to violence against women. but inside the court, the state argued and persuaded the magistrate that pistorius should be charged with premeditated murder. with our iphones and snatches of footage taken after the magistrate had left the court, we can show you just how startled, scared and lonely oscar pistorius looked. he cried or sobbed throughout the bail hearing despite the presence of his family. pistorius looked so different from this confident athlete who broke stereotype to run in the olympics despite being a double amputee. he continued to break down when his legal team read out an affidavit. this is a shortened version of pistorius' side of the story. i woke up, went to the balcony to bring the fan in and close the sliding doors
of events, and why oscar pistorius should be kept in jail until a trial. >> robyn curnow is joining us now. an affidavit from reeva's best friend was also read in court. and i'm quoting, she said she could see a future with him. she said if oscar asked her to marry him, she'd probably say yes. so what was the reaction by pistorius and the rest of the courtroom, for that matter, when hearing that? >> you know, i wish we'd had video of it to show you. i mean, it was heartwrenching in many ways. oscar pistorius absolutely broke down in tears every time reeva's name was mentioned. and at that particular moment, he just sobbed and sobbed uncontrollably. at one point in the proceedings, i thought he was going to hyperventilate, that they'd need to get a medic in to try to assist him. he really was quite broken, quite traumatized, but the descriptions of how they were happy together, that, you know, perhaps she had thoughts of marrying him really, really touched him. and i think there was also that reminder that we still don't know whether he's innocent or guilty. you know, there's a lot of specu
and also robyn curnow, following the case from johannesburg. you take a look at the affidavit here and there are inconsistencies when he talks about this case. michael bringing up a specific one about kicking the door down but he didn't have his legs. that he was in one place of the house, that he screamed out his girlfriend's name, didn't hear anything but it seems like she would answer if in fact she was in the bathroom. did you see anything wrong with this story? >> it's just -- it's loaded with inconsistencies. i mean, first of all he gets out of bed to close the door to the balcony. presumably he doesn't have a gun on him at that point. he has to go back underneath the bed to get his gun. by that time, why wouldn't he have seen his girlfriend in the bed if she were there? if she wasn't there, of course he would know she was in the bathroom. when you get to the bathroom, why is the door locked? why does he have to knock the door in? it sounds more like you have a girlfriend fleeing to the bathroom, locking herself inside and maybe an angry individual outside the door finally fi
. >> or it could be true or he could be arguing what he truly believed. we're going to go to robyn curncurn curnow. she has been in court for our early morning, but her afternoon. walk us through how the bail hearing went. >> reporter: i missed the last part of your question there. but i'll go ahead and talk. a very dramatic, quite sad, overwrought morning. a court that fits 60 people and about 150 were jammed in there. hot, steamy, and you could feel the tension and pressure as different sides argued over whether it was war anted to charge him with premeditated murder. throughout the process, oscar pistorius was not coping well. every so often he would burst into tears, sob. a colleague of mine inside the court says he is crying and heaving, hyper ventilating so much that the magistrate has had to tell him to literally calmdown, give him five minutes and told him to get himself together. he can't afford to have this adjourned all the time. very emotional scene. oscar's family putting their hand on him. they can touch him over the chairs from where they are sitting. is he in a lot of trouble, and
, but we may shed light on steenkamp's killing. robyn curnow has the latest. >> reporter: a beautiful girl, a beach and a reality tv show which shows reeva steenkamp's romantic side. >> you fall in love with being in love with love. >> reporter: she died just four days before it aired and it will continue to air on tv for nine weeks. meanwhile, her boyfriend oscar pistorius spent the past few days in this jail, charged with her murder. a charge strongly denied by pistorius and his family. this is his uncle flanked by his sister, who struggled to keep herself together as they make a brief statement to the media. >> as you can imagine, our entire family is devastated. we are in a state of total shock. >> reporter: investigators who have been combing through his home in this high-security complex are starting to piece together what they think happened early on valentine's day. it was in this bedroom that steenkamp may have expected to spend the night. according to an official close to the investigation, her overnight bag and an ipad was found in here. cnn was invited into the room in 2008 whe
as a family. but there's only one thing missing. it's reeve is a. >> it's okay. >> cnn's robyn curnow is in johannesburg with more. very emotional scenes both at >> hi there, piers. we did hear from oscar pistorius his version of events, his story. it's all here in this 11-page affidavit where he paints a picture of being fearful of terror of horror of an intruder coming into his house. the defense arguing that he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder and that's why he shot at her. however, for the state, they say that's no justification for shooting somebody through a bathroom door. they say this was premeditated murder. they managed to convince the magistrate who agreed with them, which makes his bail hearing even more difficult. the onus now is on his defense team tomorrow in that court to prove exceptional circumstances, that he deserves bail and, of course, many people watching with great interest because oscar pistorius is a hero in this country. and they desperately want to believe this version of events. but as was said in court today, facts are facts. and it doesn't look tha
phone and on a cricket bat. cnn's robyn curnow was in the courtroom today. she's "outfront" in johannsburg tonight. robyn, let me ask you about the testosterone first. there's been a lot of talk about that speculation, about whether he could have been on testosterone or steroids and this could have been some sort of a roid rage. how did the defense respond to the prosecution talking about those boxes of prosecution? >> they kind of took down the investigating officer quite quickly, because they said to him in this quite amusing exchange for the court as they watched it, they said, well, how do you know this is testosterone? and the investigating officer said, well, i just read the label. and he said, well, have you had it tested yet? and he said, no, no, not yet, we're still testing the substance. and oscar pistorius's lawyer said, if you went to any pharmacist, you could have found this is a herbal medication. >> let's talk about the other claim that could potentially be damning. the prosecutor says they have witnesses who heard nonstop shouting that appeared to be coming
of events, contending it was premeditated murder. robyn curnow is covering this if pretoria in south africa. set the scene, what was it like inside that courtroom? >> reporter: well, it was very claustrophobic. it was small, 60 people should have been in there, and 150 people were. it was not only small and hot, but it was sweaty. and there was a palpable sense of tension. people rial really watching oscar. and he was a lonely figure in the midst of the jostling and chaos. he often sat slumped in front of himself, his head bowed in his hands. he seemed inconsolable. particularly when reeva steenkamp's name was mentioned or murder. he seemed to sob, break down. at one point, i thought he was hyper ventilating. they would need medics to deal with him because he seems inconsolable, broken. there were serious charges brought against him, the magistrate saying that he couldn't rule out it was premeditated murder. buffer after the break, we heard oscar pistorius's side of the story. wesk waiting, all the rurps and speculation. this is his aft in which he spells out what he said happened that nigh
of events. they contend the killing was premeditated murder. cnn's robyn curnow is "outfront" with more. >> reporter: oscar pistorius' brother and family joined him to give support as he arrived for his bail hearing. journalists jostled to get inside the courtroom and officials seemed unable to cope with the huge media interest. outside, a group of protesters called for an end to violence against women. inside the court, the state argued and persuaded the magistrate that pistorius should be charged with premeditated murder. with our iphones and snatches of footage taken after the magistrate had left the court, we can show you just how startled, scared and lonely oscar pistorius looked. he cried or sobbed throughout the bail hearing, despite the presence of his family. pistorius looked so different from this confident athlete who broke stereotypes to run in the olympics despite being a double amputee. he continued to break down when his legal team read out an affidavit. this is a shortened version of pistorius' side of the story. i woke up, went to the balcony to bring the fan in and clo
the investigating officer with new revelation. robyn curnow has the details. >> reporter: more riveting details on what prosecutors say what happened valentine's day morning and counter charges from the defense. according to prosecutors, witnesses heard arguing coming from the pistorius home for an hour before the shooting. the defense saying the witness's house was 300 meters, about 1,000 feet away. on the stand officers said he used a cricket bat to break down the bathroom door. that bat and the cell phone found splattered in blood. the officers said pistorius aimed his gun tu toilet pointing out that he had to turn and fire at an angle to hit the toilet. a witness heard a gunshot and then heard a female scream, then more gunshots. the defense say no female screamed. defense attorneys pressed the police officer who admitted that steenkamp's body had no signs of assault or signs of her defending herself. the officer on seeding he could find nothing wrong with oscar's version of the events. he thought he was shooting at an intruder. prosecutors say they found bullets in the safe at home and wil
for oscar >> robyn curnow, thank you very historians, back to you. much. >>> we'll turn to a man who knows oscar pistorius very well. he's a u.s. paralympian who competed against pistorius in the 400 meter individual. he said that he was right behind him with silver and he joins me now. i would imagine everyone in the world of paralympics and indeed olympians all over the world are in a sense of complete and utter shock. what's your reaction to what's happened? >> yes, thanks for having me. like you said, complete shock. knowing oscar and competing with him for the past couple, three years. this is something i wouldn't relate him to. so when i heard the allegations and i heard him in the situation, i was in complete shock. i truly was. >> you've described oscar as a role model, a mentor, an inspiration and a brother. do you still feel the same way given everything we now know? >> yes. because i can only relate to the times i spent with him. and the times i spent with him, he went out of his way to help me out. even though we was competitor, he understood what the biggest mission was, and t
was empty. this is consistent with his line of events. >> robyn curnow reporting for us from south africa. many questions. right to mickey sherman. author of "how can you defend those people" a criminal defense attorney for people like michael skakel. nice to have you with us. >> good to be here. >> if we can talk about the big developments in this case, reports of testosterone. that is now some kind of herbal remedy according to defense attorneys. number two the position of the toilet which is relevant because testimony on how the door was shot through. if you were going to hit the toilet, would you have to shoot at an angle and aim essentially at the toilet. and number three, have you past bad acts. i guess if you were a lawyer would you call them. the prosecutor talking about the background of oscar pistorius. walk me through. let's start with number one. the test tost are oosterone. which may not be testosterone. >> this is not lance armstrong this is a severely disabled person, even if he is an athlete. >> how about the angle of the shot into the bathroom? this is relevant. what the
' home without protective foot covering. robyn curnow is covering the trial for us in pretoria, south africa. >> reporter: good morning, we've just seen oscar pistorius drive past us in a police van, sirens blaring, the police had covered the windows, you know, cameras literally rushing to try and get a picture of him. they didn't. but today, despite his really, really sad quite traumatized demeanor in the past few days, today i must say he seemed quite confident in court. he was at least sitting up straight. he wasn't hunched over. his hands buried in his head, as has been the case in the past few days and i think good reason in a way. his family and himself to be confident because as you mentioned, his defense team really punching holes in the state's evidence. in a way discrediting them, even weakening their evidence. so does that change the ball game? will the magistrate soften his views? will he give him bail? he'll appear tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. local time as that decision is made. >> robyn curnow from south africa. we want to bring in call callan, good morning, paul. >> good mor
the olympic runner's girlfriend was shot to death in his home. cnn's robyn curnow is in pretoria following things now. >> reporter: more interesting details on what prosecutors say happened valentine's day morning and countercharges from the defense. according to prosecutors, witnesses heard arguing coming from the pistorius home for an hour before the shooting. the defense saying the witness's house was 300 meters, about 1,000 feet away. on the stand, the investigating officer says pistorius used a cricket bat to break down the bathroom door. that bat and a cell phone found splattered in blood. using a diagram projected on a large screen, the officers say pistorius aimed his gun at the toilet, pointing out that he had to turn and fire at an angle in order to hit the toilet. police also say a witness heard a gunshot, then heard a female scream, then more gunshots. the defense say no female screamed. defense attorneys pressed the police officer, who admitted that steenkamp's body had no signs of assault or signs of her defending herself. the officer also conceding he could find nothing inco
pistorius, a double amputee, invited cnn's robyn curnow into the house a few years ago and showed her his prosthetic legs. >> i was missing the fibula, which was the back bone in your leg. >> later, pictures of him as a child, always adventurous, daring. these show him water skiing, scuba diving, and quad driving with prosthetics. it was somewhere in this home that pistorius allegedly fired a pistol, hitting steenkamp. bullets hit her in her head and arm. her family is grief stricken. >> sheer loved people. she loved everybody. such a devastating shock that her whole life, what she could achieve, never came to fulfillment, and i just say she's with the angels, and that's about all i can say to you folks. >> police say there were previous allegations of trouble in the home. his agent tells cnn pistorius rejects the murder accusations in the strongest terms. oscar pistorius isn't talking tonight. but last year, he did sit down with piers. and the conversation was revealing. as you'll see, very surprising. here's piers' interview with the athlete, now accused of murder. >> oscar pistorius is
, soft person. >> cnn's robyn curnow is covering the story from pretoria. i spoke with her just a short time ago. so, robyn, it's important to remember all of these new details are surfacing in a bail hearing. this is not a murder trial as yet. can you explain how the court system works had there, and what is in store for pistorius? >> reporter: well, this has been a bit of a trial within a trial, hasn't it? it's just a bail hearing, but we've been hearing all sorts of evidence from both sides. in fact, the state kind of laying their cards on the table. now that isn't surprising. that often happens here in south africa particularly with such a high profile and, of course, important case, premeditated murder, you know, is a very key and upon charge. so a lot of -- a lot to pull out and try to 0 defend that. in terms of the actual process, there might be a trial by the end of the year at the soonest, the south african court systems, there's backlogs, it's very slow. so they're going to try to hurry it up because it's obviously a high-profile case. you know, the wheels of justice turn very
with murder. there will be a bail hearing tuesday. and robyn curnow is joining us. thank you very much for being here. you were in court today. just feet from mr. pistorius. to say he was emotional is to understate it, right? >> absolutely. it was a very emotional, touching, quite sad experience to be in that court today. if you recognize the fact that this was oscar pistorius walking out of the holding cells. a man who for many people here in south africa, myself included, respected for his sporting achievements, for the fact that he's a paralympian, a man with no legs who competed in the olympics and did so well. so to see him walk out and appear and be charged with murder was quite devastating, i think, for all of us. he was facing a murder charge. he literally collapsed, essentially. his head went into his hands like this, and he started sobbing, crying uncontrollably. and throughout the whole court proceeding, this was a bail application, he just then sat down. i mean, i could see him. i was standing about a meter from him, and his body, chris, was shaking uncontrollably. at the s
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